UPDATED: George Clooney has slammed Hello Magazine for posting a fabricating “exclusive” interview with him, claiming that he never talked to the publication for the article. Hello later apologized for running the interview, which it had obtained from an independent agent.
“Hello Magazine has printed an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with me that has been widely picked up and reprinted. Outlets like Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, The Sun and The Evening Standard have all printed my exclusive interview and credited Hello Magazine,” Clooney said in a statement on Friday.
Though being misquoted as an actor is not uncommon, he explained, entirely fabricated articles take it to a new, “disturbing” level.
“The problem is that I have not given an interview to Hello Magazine and the quotes attributed to me are not accurate,” Clooney added. “In my experience, being misquoted is not unusual, but to have an ‘exclusive interview’ completely fabricated is something new. And a very disturbing trend.”
The Hello Magazine article in question, which was titled “George Clooney Reveals Wife Amal Clooney’s Most Attractive Feature,” has since been pulled from the publication’s website. The falsified statements include Clooney supposedly telling Hello that he and his wife “have a rule whereby we are never apart for more than a week.”
Hello Magazine said in a statement that the publication is “dismayed” by Clooney’s claims.
“Hello Magazine and the Hello Group are very dismayed by Mr. George Clooney’s statement that an interview with him that was published by the Hello Group is not authentic,” the statement reads. “The Hello Group bought the interview in good faith from a respectable independent agent, Famous, with whom it has dealt for many years and the agency and its writer were both credited at the end of the article in Hello Magazine as is customary. Purchase was on the unquestionable understanding that the interview and material were correct and accurate in all respects.
In the meantime, the Hello Group can only express its deepest respect for both Mr. Clooney and his wife, Amal, and its sincere commitment to respectable and accurate journalism.”
The magazine released a statement hours later after discovering that the interview was “culled together from a series of interviews that took place over a period of time.”
“Hello Group has established that the interview it bought from the Famous agency had, in fact, been culled together from a series of interviews that took place over a period of time, and many of the quotes attributed to Mr. Clooney were never made by him.
Hello Group bought the material in good faith from a trusted independent agent, who assured us it was an authentic one-to-one interview with Mr. Clooney, which we now accept was not the case. We are shocked and disappointed to discover that the representations that were made to the Hello Group at the time of purchase of the material were not, in fact, true.
We apologize unreservedly to Mr. Clooney and his wife Amal for any distress that publication of this piece may have caused them and further apologize for conveying the impression that he had given an exclusive interview to Hello.”